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Publisher's Summary

"I think gay guys like weddings more than anyone. And it's not because we want to destroy marriage, like some people say. It's because we really, really want to get married!"

Russel Middlebrook is gettin' hitched! The wedding is taking place in a remote lodge on an island in Puget Sound. Russel and his husband-to-be have invited all their close friends to spend the whole weekend together beforehand. And for the first time in his life, Russel is determined to not be neurotic, and not over-think things.

But that's before things start going wrong. Who expected a dead killer whale to wash up on the beach below the inn? And what's this about a windstorm approaching? Then there's the problem of Russel's anxious fiancé, who is increasingly convinced the whole thing is going to be a disaster.

Meanwhile, the wedding is taking place near the ruins of a small town, Amazing, where, a hundred years earlier, the people supposedly all disappeared overnight. Why does it feel like the secret at the end of the road to Amazing has something to do with Russel's own future? Can Russel's friends Min, Gunnar, Vernie, and Otto somehow help him make it all make sense?

The Road to Amazing, the final book in the Russel Middlebrook Futon Years trilogy, is a story about endings and beginnings, and also about growing up and growing older. But mostly it's a story about love and friendship - about how it's not the destination that makes a life amazing, but the people you meet along the way.

©2016 Brent Hartinger (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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So happy my favorite characters are back!

Any additional comments?

I basically binge listened to first The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know then Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams. While I liked the first, I didn’t particularly connect with the second, so I started The Road to Amazing with a bit of trepidation worried I might not like it.

I needn’t have worried. Hartinger brings back all the characters I’ve loved and sets a really sweet tone amidst the chaos of a wedding weekend where so much goes wrong. Dead Orca on the beach below your wedding venue? Check. Huge storms knocking out power? Check. Wedding guests not being able to get to the island the wedding is happening on? Check.

However, through it all Russel keeps his cool (with a lot of help from his friends) and calms nervous groom Kevin (with a lot of help from their friends).

For me, it’s truly the supporting cast that makes this series fun, but what makes it really enjoyable is narrator Josh Hurley. I’ll say it again, Josh Hurley really does an excellent job with the different character voices. I also love how he portrays the myriad of expressed character emotions.

And can I just give a shout out to my boy Gunnar? You may not be easily understood, but you are definitely one of my favorite characters! Love you, boo!

I’ve enjoyed my time with Russel, Kevin and the gang. My wish for the future? I hope, if there are more installments, that Hartinger will open up the points of view to include Kevin and Minh, Gunnar and/or Otto.

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loved this series

i listened to it from book one to the end. loved it. wrote the author and he wrote back. highly recommend. characters are so relatable. 🔥

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This series was very entertaining.

This series was very entertaining. I laughed, I blushed, and yes I even cried. Its weird but over the complete series I feel like I really got to know each character as if they were real people. The author really did a great job writing a good story. But what really made it was the narrator who brought each character to life by the way he gave them each a voice. I sad that this series has co e to an end. But the ending was perfect!

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Beautiful series

Sometimes drawn out but beautiful nonetheless. loved the store . yet again don't know what happened with the jobs vague Great narrative Josh.

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Amazing life lessons

Gay or not, this story has a message for everyone. Very entertaining and a joy to listen to.

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This was s such a great ending to the series. I really loved that Russel was the cool one under pressure this time around. It was nice that we got to see him trying to help Kevin for once. Kevin was such a solid presence for Russel in the the last book that it was great to see the roles reversed here. It was also wonderful to get the gang back together from the first book and get to meet Kevin's college roommate. Just a great finish to this series.

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An amazing Love story

I honestly enjoyed the trilogy. However, this was by far the best in terms of romance and love triumphing.

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Amazing

The narrator has described all the trials in life of a young gay man along with the emotions of the heart and mind, the reality of good friends and the meaning of commitment.

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Narcissistic Beginning to End

Political and emotional tripe pandering to a Woke generation full of hypocrisy. All the pretense of a deep examination of gay existence with the use of the worse stereotypes and bigoted posturing.

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  • 07-11-22

Struggled to finish

For two people the week before their wedding, both MC's are rather negative. Again, the secondary characters have a big role and by now I know you can just skip the rest of the chapter when you are bored, without missing something important. In this novel Kevin gets his first characteristic: a pessimist.
The audio was all right. The editor left some errors.

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  • 03-06-22

Waste of time.

I loved the first two books, This one not so much couldn't finished it and the author decided to make the formally likeable main characters into druggies... this one isn't worth your time off effort but the first two are really good.

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  • richard
  • 02-17-22

My second time listening to this series of books!

I've enjoyed this whole series, twice! Great story with wonderful carecters, reminds me of some of my experiences growing up, the narration is perfection!

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  • 04-24-22

Really satisfying and fun wedding weekend!

After 10 stop-and-start years, loveable neurotic Russel Middlebrook is finally marrying his hunky highschool sweetheart, Kevin. They’ve picked an idyllic beach setting on an island in the Puget Sound. Before the marriage ceremony, Russel and Kevin spend a few days with their close friends renting an old inn on the island and everything that can go wrong does. Russel and Kevin will have to examine their hopes and fears before the weekend is done and they’re not the only ones. Like one of Russel’s screenplays, this seemed more cinematic than real, there were just too many hilarious misfortunes! Underneath all the good-natured mayhem was a really great discussion about expectations vs. reality, how things are rarely perfect, and how, ultimately, that’s ok. Russel is finally growing up, he’s ready to stop living on a futon and carve out a solid life. I’ve enjoyed this 3-audiobook series and I can’t wait to listen to the original Russel Middlebrook series and the Otto Digmore series. Audio narrator Josh Hurley is incredibly good, he deserves a lot of credit for expertly polishing Russel’s neurotic thoughts, the great dialogue, and the gentle humour.